Time is running out if you want to see the popular children's and family entertainment exhibitions currently running at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.


It is free admission to 'Clangers, Bagpuss & Co.' a V&A Museum of Childhood touring exhibition and 'TV Puppets: Icons from 80 Years of Entertainment', with the final day for both on Sunday 29 April, at the gallery on Lichfield Street.

Oliver Postgate's voice and Peter Firmin's puppets shaped the childhood memories of millions since they started collaborating in the 1950s. As well as telling the story of Bagpuss and the Clangers, the exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood goes behind the scenes of some of their other creations, including Pogles' Wood, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine.

Enter the world of Smallfilms to discover original puppets, sets, and filming equipment and see how characters developed over time and learn how Oliver and Peter developed their stop frame animation techniques. You can also have a go yourself using 21st century technology.

Alongside 'Clangers, Bagpuss & Co.' visitors to the gallery will also be able to see 'TV Puppets: Icons from 80 Years of Entertainment' curated in partnership with the National Puppetry Archive.

From the earliest TV puppets such as Soko and Muffin the Mule to familiar characters that have entertained recent generations, this exhibition features a delightful array of original creations. Exhibits range from simple hand puppets such as Iver from The Hoobs to elaborate marionettes such as Lady Penelope and Parker from Thunderbirds. Audience favourites such as Basil Brush and caricatures from ITV's Spitting Image are also on show.

Carol Thompson, Curator for Wolverhampton Art Gallery, said: "The exhibitions have been really popular and we have welcomed thousands of people of all ages through the doors.

"We hope visitors take these final couple of weeks to see these 2 exhibitions and are inspired to share their memories of these iconic characters and TV shows."

The gallery opening times are Monday to Saturday (10.30am to 4.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 4pm).

  • released: Tuesday 17 April, 2018